Guardiola pleased with ‘high level’ performance

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola was full of praise after his side dismantled Crystal Palace 5-0 in an incredible attacking display at the Etihad on Saturday.

David Silva's opening strike after two minutes set the tone for the rest of the game as the Citizens ran riot with five different goal scorers.

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all scored in the second-half as Guardiola's men staked a claim for Champions League qualification, by pulling four points clear of fifth placed Manchester United and into third place.

"Our performance was high level. I'm pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here," he said after the game.

"Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, even Everton… it's so important to play in the Champions League. It's in our hands."